Killing people in name of cow protection unacceptable: PM

No fear or insecurity among minorities, says Naqvi
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Ahmedabad
29 Jun 2017

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said killing of people in the name of cow protection is not acceptable, remarks that come amid a spurt of attacks by cow vigilantes and a wave of protests.

Delivering a speech to mark the centenary of the Sabarmati ashram here and 150th birth anniversary of Shrimad Rajchandraji, a guru to Mahatma Gandhi, Modi said unleashing violence against others went against the ideals of the Father of the Nation. "Killing people in the name of 'gau bhakti' is not acceptable. This is not something Mahatma Gandhi would approve," he said. "Let's all work together. Let's create the India of Mahatma Gandhi's dreams. Let's create an India our freedom fighters would be proud of," the Prime Minister said.

"No person in this nation has the right to take the law in his or her own hands," he said. The Prime Minister's remarks come against the backdrop of growing incidents of cow vigilantism. A Muslim youth was last week killed on board a Mathura-bound train by people who taunted his family and repeatedly called them "anti-nationals" and "beef eaters". "Violence never has and never will solve any problem. As a society, there is no place for violence," Modi said. Thousands of people across the country had on Wednesday taken to the streets in a citizens' protest named 'Not in My Name' against the recent incidents of mob killings.

Holding placards that read: "Break the Silence", "No Place for Islamophobia" and "Shed Hate not Blood" among others, the protesters had said they had gathered to send out a message that there is a need to unite for a cause. Meanwhile, amid reports of alleged lynching incidents targeted at minorities, Union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi today said there was no atmosphere of fear or insecurity prevailing among the community. Naqvi said some forces wanted an "agenda of destruction" to dominate the Centre's "agenda of development" and action was being taken against them.

The Union minister of state for minority affairs and parliamentary affairs, however, said such incidents (of lynching) cannot be justified and appropriate steps will be taken against the perpetrators, while reiterating that the government was committed to its development plank. "I do not think there is fear or insecurity among minorities. But whatever incidents are taking place, be it small or big, be it a criminal conspiracy...in no way it is justified. Action should be taken as per law against them," he said after attending the 76th meeting of Central Waqf Council here.

Thwe Union minister's response came in the wake of a 17-year-old boy being stabbed to death when he along with his brothers was returning home to Khandawli village in Ballabgarh after shopping for Eid in Delhi on Thursday. Thousands of people across the country had yesterday took to the streets in a citizens' protest named 'Not in My Name' against the recent incidents of mob killings.